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Man caught breaking into car gets probation

An 18-year-old man caught breaking into a vehicle in Fort Macleod must do 60 hours of community service.
Dominic Crow Shoe pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Fort Macleod provincial court to charges of mischief, possession of stolen property and theft under $5,000.
“Do something positive for the community instead of going around breaking into cars,” Judge Timothy Hironaka said as he gave Crow Shoe until Oct. 31 to complete the community service.
Court learned Fort Macleod RCMP were on patrol March 18 when they saw Crow Shoe breaking into a parked vehicle.
A search revealed Crow Shoe was in possession of a stolen knife and electronic items including an iPod.
“As he goes about town he tries door handles of vehicles, and if they’re unlocked he goes into them,” Crown prosecutor Lisa Weich said.
The mischief charge was laid when Crow Shoe admitted to breaking the top of a console in one of the vehicles.
“He goes about breaking into cars,” Weich said. “He admitted he does it all the time.”
Noting the youth pleaded guilty without benefit of legal representation, and that he does not have an adult criminal record, the Crown recommended a suspended sentence and probation.
“I’m reluctant to give him a fine,” Weich said. “I would rather give him a probation order to stop him from breaking into cars.”
Crow Shoe told court he attends Walshe Crossroads Campus and will graduate from Grade 12 in June.
Judge Hironaka suspended the passing of sentence and put Crow Shoe on probation for 12 months.
The terms of probation include keeping the peace and being of good behaviour, reporting to a probation officer and completing 60 hours of community service by Oct. 31.